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Feds indict father, two sons who operated heroin, cocaine trafficking ring in upstate New York

February 23, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds indict father, two sons who operated heroin, cocaine trafficking ring in upstate New York Victor Rivera was indicted with two sons Blake and Chayanne Rivera on drug trafficking charges

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Federal agents have arrested a father along with his two sons in connection with an investigation into an elaborate heroin and cocaine trafficking ring based out of Rochester, New York.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rochester, New York announced the indictment of Victor Rivera, 51 and his two sons Blake Rivera, 31, and Chayanne Rivera, 25, all three residents of upstate New York were charged with leading the drug trafficking organization.

“If you are in a gang committing crime or trafficking in anyone of these commodities, your days are surely numbered,” said U.S. Attorney William Hochul.

Prosecutors said the three suspects were targets of a nine-month joint investigation involving the Rochester Police Dept. and the DEA.

Authorities intercepted a FedEx package addressed to a phony name back on December 4, 2015, containing 612 grams of heroin linked to the Rivera organization.

The joint task force obtained a search warrant when they raided the homes of the three men on Feb.17th, where they seized 8.3 kilos of cocaine, a half a kilogram of crack cocaine, 14 firearms most of them loaded, including AK-47 assault-style rifles with 30-round magazines, shotguns, and handguns as well over $375,000 in cash.

“The fact that the investigators seized so much money and drugs indicate the size and scope of this investigation,” said Andy Rodriguez of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Federal officials said the drug trafficking operation is one of the larger organizations operating in Rochester.

“All it takes is somebody to get ticked off at something that’s part of a dispute or anything. They have an arsenal at their disposal,” said Deputy Chief Scott Peters. “I mean everybody in the county should be able to sleep a little bit better. That this amount of guns is off the streets.”

Prosecutors said two out of the three men had prior drug convictions including Victor Rivera, who pled guilty to felony criminal possession of controlled substances with the intent to sell back on June 3rd, 2015 and was awaiting sentencing. He also has several misdemeanor convictions for Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.

His son, Blake Rivera was convicted in January 2005 for criminal possession of controlled substances, with the intent to sell.

The three defendants were arraigned in federal court on Monday. If convicted, they face a mandatory minimum of 15 years to a maximum of life in prison and a $10 million dollar fine.

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